Canada – New Visa Application Centers

Posted on November 9, 2018

New visa application centers have opened to facilitate the first phase of the biometric expansion for nationals from countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.  Nationals from these countries have been required to give their biometrics since July 31,… Read more »

Canada – Visa Application Center in United States set to Close

Posted on November 6, 2018

The New York and Los Angeles Visa Application Centers in the United States is set to close on November 29, 2018. No new applications or biometrics may be collected after November 1, 2018.  Within that time period, November 2 –… Read more »

Canada – Prevailing Wage Increase

Posted on October 19, 2018

Effective October 1st, the minimum wage in Alberta, Canada has increased to $ 15 CAD per hour. Wages for certain occupations and provinces have also increased by 11.5%, partly driven by the rise in the number of job vacancies for… Read more »

Canada – Investor Program Reopens

Posted on September 7, 2018

The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program will reopen on September 10, 2018.  This program allows foreign investors to obtain permanent residency through investment.  The system will open for a total of 1900 applications or until March 15, 2019. The program has… Read more »

Canada – Processing Times for Permanent Residents

Posted on August 10, 2018

Effective July 31, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now implemented a more accurate estimation of processing times for some permanent resident applications. Previously, the processing times for permanent resident applications shows how long it took to process… Read more »

Canada – Biometrics Expanded to More Nationalities

Posted on July 24, 2018

Starting July 31, 2018, the requirements of biometrics will expand to include citizens of Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.  Applicants applying for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence may now need to give their fingerprints… Read more »

Canada – Law change makes drunk driving a serious offense, with potential implications for some foreign national visa applicants

Posted on July 16, 2018

An amendment to the Criminal Code in Canada has doubled the maximum prospective punishment for drunk driving (‘DUI’ – Driving Under the Influence) from five years to ten years. As this offense is now classed as “serious criminality” in Canada,… Read more »

Canada – Government adds three more occupations to Global Talent Stream

Posted on June 15, 2018

On June 12, 2018, the Canadian government marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global Talent Stream pilot by expanding the Global Talent Occupations List, bringing the total number of qualifying jobs on the list to thirteen. What has… Read more »

Canada – Medical Refusal to be Revamped

Posted on March 9, 2018

  Changes are expected to be released in April regarding Canada’s controversial policy regarding the refusal of foreign nationals that are deemed likely to cause an “excessive demand” on its healthcare system. The current recommendation of the Parliament’s Standing Committee… Read more »

Canada – Changes to List of Designated Countries for Immigration Medical Exam

Posted on December 4, 2017

  Effective November 23, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the list of “designated countries” whose residents require an immigration medical examination (IME) to apply for a temporary or permanent residence visa. The following countries, previously not… Read more »